Iberdrola Renewables says it has donated $150,000 to the Vantage Career Center in Van Wert, Ohio, on the occasion of Vantage's 35th anniversary. Vantage recently broke ground on an expansion and renovation project that will include a new program to train renewable energy technicians.
The Vantage Career Center is a public technical training high school for juniors and seniors from 13 participating schools, serving Van Wert, Paulding, Putnam and Mercer counties. Vantage Adult Education offers career programs, college classes and online educational options.
Partnerships with Northwest State Community College and Owens Community College will provide additional instructional coursework for training and degrees in the Alternative Energy Academy at the Vantage Career Center. The first wind technician repair course is scheduled to begin this fall at Owens State Community College.
Iberdrola Renewables is currently building the 304 MW Blue Creek Wind Farm in western Ohio, which represents an approximately $600 million investment in Van Wert and Paulding counties. The wind farm and the donation to Vantage are a result of the Ohio property tax law S.B.232, which opened the door to wind energy development in Ohio and requires an educational partnership with schools in the state, according to Iberdrola.